A record for outbound travel

More than a third of the trips that were made in 2023 were to Italy. The second favourite destination was the UK, followed by Spain and France.

Last year there were more than 814,000 residents of Malta who travelled abroad. This means that, on average, all Maltese residents travelled out of Malta more than once a year. This was an absolute record for outbound travel from Malta, as in fact, in 2019, before the pandemic hit travel behaviour, the number of people travelling abroad was less than 708,000, or 15% lower than those who travelled last year.

A very interesting fact is that, while the number of tourists who visited Malta in 2023 was 7% more than the number observed in 2019, the amount of travel from Malta to overseas increased at a rate twice that. This confirms the far better financial situation of Maltese and Gozitans residents compared to that of persons residing in the countries from which Malta sources its tourism.

This fact is also confirmed by the statistic that those who travelled from Malta spent €735 million, or 21% more, than the expenditure observed before the pandemic. Per capita those who travelled from Malta spent more than €900. This was 1% more than the per capita spend of tourists coming to Malta.

More than a third of the trips that were made in 2023 were to Italy. The second favourite destination was the UK, followed by Spain and France. On average trips were of 7 nights, and the population group that most travelled abroad were people aged between 25 and 44.

Almost 55% of these travellers used a low-cost airline, while 7% travelled by sea. The proportion of those who had travelled on low-cost airlines in 2019 was 48% while 4% had travelled by sea.  

Maltese residents who have travelled abroad

2017572,500
2018667,048
2019706,797
2020196,508
2021303,067
2022601,701
2023814,005
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